Obiano Promises To Resolve Anambra- Enugu Boundary Disputes

Willie Obiano, Boundary Dispute, EnuguGovernor Willie Obiano, has assured indigenes that he would resolve the boundary disputes that currently exist between Anambra and Enugu states.

In a meeting at the governor’s lodge, Amawbia, a delegation from Enugu state led by the Deputy Governor, Mrs Cecilia Ezeilo and representatives from the National Boundary Commission Office, Abuja, rubbed minds with Governor Obiano, on how to permanently resolve the boundary issues.

Anambra and Enugu states in the southeast of Nigeria, are rich in natural resources, which has been a major cause of the boundary dispute that has lingered for a while between both states.

Addressing the press at the end of the closed door meeting, Anambra state’s Governor Obiano, noted that the end was in sight to all the boundary conflicts and disputes raging between the two states.

Furthermore, he added that the abundant natural resources in Anambra and Enugu should bring economic prosperity that would benefit both states rather than “unnecessary conflicts”.

The Governor remarked that “the last time the boundary issue was discussed was in 2012” and nothing came out of the meeting.

He however concluded emphatically that all issues would be resolved amicably this time around.

According to the representative of the Director General of the National Boundary Commission, Mr Adamu Adaji, a committee would be set up to carry out a geographical study to identify all the communities along the boundary and then embark on physical field exercise to determine the boundaries.

Mr Adaji said his commission was “pleading with the states to give their support and equally appeal to communities to cooperate and imbibe the spirit of oneness that Enugu and Anambra are known for, so we can make progress”.

He said with the assurances of the governors of both states, better progress would be made than in 2012.

The Caretaker Committee Chairman of Uzo-uwani local government area, Cornell Onwubuya, maintained that the states are brothers, and would be far better when in peace, as there were inexhaustible natural resources that could sustain them over a long period of time.

The areas affected in the boundary issues in Anambra are about ten communities and mostly in the north senatorial zone of the state, among which are: Omasi, Umumbo, Adani, Ebenebe, Okpeze and others.

Nimbo Attack: Enugu State Governor Hosts Security Meeting

Enugu-Ifeanyi UgwuanyiThe Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, has organised a town hall meeting, to look into the prevailing security circumstances in the state.

Over 200 traditional rulers and presidents-general of town unions were present at the meeting to fashion out a roadmap towards safeguarding Enugu State, following the Nimbo community attack.

In his address on Monday, Governor Ugwuanyi announced the activation of the almost moribund Neighborhoods Association Watch Group Law of 2006 to cater to security matters in all the communities of the state with initial 100 million Naira seed money.

Speaking in company of his deputy, Mrs Cecilia Ezeilo, he recalled the April 25 incident at Nimbo and extended appreciation to President Muhammadu Buhari and others who condemned the deadly attack.

The Governor urged the National Human Rights Commission and other relevant rights bodies to investigate the Nimbo community deadly attack with a view to bringing the perpetrators to book and preventing future occurrence.

He called for the peaceful coexistence of community members with settlers and visitors, maintaining that the government is committed to the security of lives and property of the people in the state.

Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi clarified that the functionality of the community security effort was not intended to diminish the responsibilities and duty of the security agencies.

He urged them to continue to provide adequate security for the people while urging the people of Enugu to remain calm and peaceful in the face of the determination to embark on business with investors.

The traditional ruler of Eziama-Olo, Igwe Lawrence Agubuzo, and the President General of Amodo-okowa community, Bartholomew Ede, expressed satisfaction at the meeting and said that everybody must support government initiative financially and otherwise, in order to achieve security.